Origin of bas-reliefFrench from Italian basso-rilievo: see basso and relief
A bas-relief inside a crypt in Egypt.
The definition of a bas relief is a piece of artwork that is sculpted, carved or molded in such a way that it barely protrudes from the background flat surface.
An example of a bas relief is Donatello's Pazzi Madonna.
sculpture in which figures are carved in a flat surface so that they project only a little from the background
See low relief.
Origin of bas-reliefFrench from Italian bassorilievo basso low ( from Medieval Latin bassus ) rilievo relief ( from rilevare to raise ) ( from Latin relevāre ; see relieve . )
- Alternative spelling of bas relief.
(plural bas reliefs)
- Refers to any aspect of sculpture which is flat or in the bas relief style.
- 59) with a bas-relief and an inscription of the governor of Dar, MushezibShamash.
- The notion sprang from an ancient bas-relief of George and the Dragon on the Lydda church.
- In memory of the victory several monuments have been erected in the town and its vicinity, of which the most noticeable are the bronze statue of the Danish Land Soldier by Bissen (one of Thorvaldsen's pupils), and the great barrow over 50o Danes in the cemetery of the Holy Trinity Church, with a bas-relief by the same sculptor.
- Another monument in the vicinity is a gigantic bas-relief, carved on the vertical face of a rock, representing the victory of the Sassanian Shapur I.
- Several works of sculpture, including a bas-relief at Pistoia and a small terra-cotta model of a St John at the Victoria and Albert Museum, have also been claimed, but without general consent, as the young master's handiwork.